Malmö, Sweden's third-largest city, has a progressive contemporary feel - home to Scandinavia's tallest building, the oldest public park in the world, edgy contemporary museums and some superb cuisine. Add to this the Oresund bridge, connecting the city to Copenhagen, and you have a dynamic urban conglomeration. Malmö is easily accessible and only a short ride from Copenhagen Airport. See how to get to Malmö here.
A settlement has existed here since the 13th century, and Malmö, despite offering a modern exterior to the world, is a city filled with history. It originated in its current form as a Danish settlement and passed to Sweden under the treaty of Roskilde in 1658.
Nowadays Malmö is an international city with a compact, vibrant city centre. Restaurants, bars, cafés and shops offer a lovely atmosphere with the sea and a long, sandy beach close by.
An interesting fact is that recently Malmö was ranked by the OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) as the world's fourth most inventive city. Many of Malmö's thriving industries are focussed on making a positive impact on the planet such as green energy, digital healthcare and sustainable tourism.
Two countries in a single visit
Malmö's advantageous location opens up unique possibilities to enjoy two countries in a single visit. Board the train or bus, enjoy the breathtaking views and 30 minutes later you will be standing in City Hall Square, in the heart of the bustling Danish capital - Copenhagen.
While in Malmö, explore one of the numerous museums and attractions and get to know this coastal city:
Experience Oresund Bridge
The Oresund Bridge is a combined rail and road bridge. It links the two metropolitan areas of Malmö in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark. The first 8 kilometres is on the bridge, the final 4km is through the world's longest underwater tunnel that takes you to the artificial island of Peberholm. If you get the chance, take a trip across the bridge and experience it yourself.
See Turning Torso Tower
The Turning Torso is a striking skyscraper, holding the title of tallest in Sweden. Over 190 meters in height, it was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. The building was opened in 2005 and twists 90 degrees from the bottom to the top. It is located in the western harbour, where you can enjoy the interesting Swedish architecture.
Enjoy historic Malmohus Castle
Sweden's oldest renaissance castle, Malmohus Castle, is one of the city's most famous attractions. The castle was originally a minor citadel dating from 1434. Denmark's currency was coined here in the Middle Ages, and during the 19th century, the castle served as a prison. Nowadays, the castle hosts the Museum of Art, Natural History Museum and the famous Tropicarium aquarium.
Visit St Peter's Church
St Peter's Church is the oldest building in Malmö, built in the early 14th century. The red-brick church was built in the Gothic design and has a 105 meter high tower. The medieval frescoes on the church were destroyed during the religious wars in the 16th century. See the impressive wooden altarpiece from 1611 and restored medieval wall paintings in the Merchant's Chapel.
Walk around the Lilla Torg
Lilla Torg is a popular cobblestone square, filled with restaurants, bars and cafés. Walk around and enjoy the city life, as it flows by you. In summer months, the area is full of open air eateries. Visit the Saluhallen, indoor market, where you can taste food from around the world. Head west of Lilla Torg to find Gamla Vaster, the picturesque spot of Malmö with low houses and colourful brick buildings.
Malmö, like the rest of southern Sweden, has an oceanic climate. Despite its northern location, the climate is surprisingly mild compared to other locations. Malmö starts warming up in May. As the month of June progresses, the weather becomes almost summery, with average temperatures reaching 20 - 23°C (68 - 73°F).